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State Budget Clears First Hurdle With No Democratic Votes

A $10.3 billion state budget cleared an initial vote in the Montana House of Representatives this afternoon, without any support from Democrats. When state lawmakers walked into the legislative session earlier this year they were in the unusual situation of having watched the last state budget, passed in 2017, collapse .

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The Quiet Giant With A Raucous Rookery: A Great Blue Heron's Double Life

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on a river, at any time of year, and not seen a Great Blue Heron . They seem to stand as solitary sentries on the rivers of Montana, but also on rivers from Canada to South America.

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UM President Seth Bodnar delivers a campus update March 19, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar offered his mid-year campus update Tuesday.

"I can tell you with confidence in this room – we’re going to win," Bodnar said.

Bill Aims To Protect Pregnant Women Seeking Addiction Treatment

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Sen. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, is carrying Senate Bill 289, and says pregnant women are less likely to to seek treatment for addiction if there is a “threat of being charged with drug possession.”
Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service


In 2017, the state Department of Public Health and Human Services reported that approximately 100 babies every year experience drug withdrawal in Montana.

Now, in an effort to lower that number, lawmakers are considering a bill to help pregnant women with addictions.

Grizzly bear.
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Gov. Steve Bullock announced today he is forming a Grizzly Bear Advisory Council. The goal is to spur discussion on grizzly management, conservation, and recovery across the state.

Greg Lemon with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks says the new Council is a chance to rethink grizzly bear management in the face of changing populations.

Montana Capitol dome, Helena.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

A $10.3 billion state budget cleared an initial vote in the Montana House of Representatives this afternoon, without any support from Democrats.

When state lawmakers walked into the legislative session earlier this year they were in the unusual situation of having watched the last state budget, passed in 2017, collapse.

Students at Corvallis High School practice participating in a public comment meeting for grizzly bear management.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

A new Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks initiative aims to engage kids in the public comment process through video cameras, computers, and grizzly bears.

Preliminary 2018 Nonresident Traveler Expenditures
Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

A proposal to add an additional 1 percent to the resort tax that nine Montana towns are allowed to levy got initial approval Monday.

The 1 percent optional resort tax increase passed its first vote in the Senate 33-16. The tax would fund infrastructure projects in tourism-impacted towns.

The 42 International Wildlife Film Festival takes place April 13-19 in Missoula.
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The International Wildlife Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 42nd annual festival happening in Missoula this April.

“It’s the longest standing wildlife film festival in the country," says Carrie Richer, a festival co-producer. "It celebrates wildlife, it celebrates the environment, and it celebrates people’s relationship to wildlife through film.”

Flickr user, Ingrid Taylar (CC-BY-2.0)

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on a river, at any time of year, and not seen a Great Blue Heron. They seem to stand as solitary sentries on the rivers of Montana, but also on rivers from Canada to South America.

Who was Frank Little? And what could his grisly murder more than a century ago possibly have to do with Butte’s Superfund cleanup? Find out on Episode 3, coming soon.
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Hey there loyal Richest Hill listeners, Nora Saks here. I wanted to let you know that we’re hard at work on Episode 3.

Who was Frank Little? And what could his grisly murder more than a century ago possibly have to do with Butte’s Superfund cleanup? That’s one of the questions we’ll be asking in Episode 3, which is coming at you in 3 short weeks. Stay with us for more about Butte's past, present and future!

Johnathan Bertsch was charged with homicide and attempted homicide for a shooting that killed one person and wounded three others.
Missoula County

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge set bail at $2 million Monday for a man accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring three, including a Montana Highway Patrol trooper.

The trooper, 35-year-old Wade Palmer, was transferred to a Salt Lake City hospital after he was critically wounded Thursday.

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